Economics of Happiness Conference in Berkeley

Helena Norberg-Hodge

An Economics of Happiness conference will bring together respected thinkers and activists in the worldwide localization movement to focus on an agenda for change—away from jobless growth towards sustainable livelihoods; from large-scale sweatshops towards scaled-down business; from a globalized system of inequality towards an economics of happiness. The three-day event will be held March 23 to 25 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the Economics of Happiness conference seeks to provide clarity on the way forward — towards more truly sustainable ways of living. It will cover a range of interconnected topics, including public policy choices; local initiatives in food, energy, education, business and banking; the need to bridge the North-South divide; and the influence of the economy on our psychological well-being. Speakers include Bay Area locals Annie Leonard, Anuradha Mittal, Joanna Macy and Rebecca Tarbotton, as well as Charles Eisenstein, Sulak Sivaraksa, Richard Heinberg, Michael Shuman, Stacy Mitchell, Megan Quinn Bachman, Judy Wicks, Gustavo Esteva, Manish Jain, Helena Norberg-Hodge and more.  The event will also feature performances by local celebrities Jennifer Berezan, Nina Wise and Wes “Scoop” Nisker. “Economic localization is the key to sustaining biological and cultural diversity – to sustaining life itself.  The sooner we shift towards the local, the sooner we will begin healing our planet, our communities, and ourselves,” said Helena Norberg-Hodge, director and producer of The Economics of Happiness film. For more information go to
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